A gateway to the expertise of a worldwide network of biodiversity practitioners and policymakers
Welcome to Learning for Nature

Learning for Nature is a premier e-learning programme brought to you by the United Nations Development Programme.

Become a part of a community of practice committed to promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable development, and explore a variety of capacity development opportunities offered in partnership with leading organizations in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

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The Learning for Nature platform aims to:

Promote best practices in conservation and sustainable development

Develop the capacity of biodiversity policymakers, practitioners, and local and Indigenous communities

Catalyze ongoing peer-to-peer learning and facilitate knowledge exchange

Popular e-learning opportunities


Massive Open Online Course

Gender and Mining Governance (2021)

Available. Registration open.
12 hours
English, French, Spanish

Self-paced module

Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations: Project Access Online

Available. Registration open.
9 hours
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Self-paced module

Ecosystem Restoration

Available. Registration open.
14 hours


Using Spatial Data for Biodiversity

Available. Registration open.
4 hours

Impact stories

Enhancing protected areas by championing Indigenous rights in Brazil

Learn how Moacyr Silva, participant in the self-paced course "Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations: Project Access Online," will apply the knowledge gained in the course to support Indigenous communities in protected area governance.

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Restoring Indigenous Wildlife with a Biodiversity Communication Plan

Learn how Rachel Hufton of Aspiring Biodiversity Trust is applying skills from the self-paced course "Communicating the Value of Biodiversity" to develop a biodiversity communication plan to strengthen collaborative relationships and restore the indigenous threatened species of New Zealand.

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Helping Organizations Engage Women in the Heavy Industry Workforce

Throughout her 15 years of experience in the heavy industry, Kristy Christensen has seen a lot of female exclusion, with many briefly successful and unsuccessful attempts to remedy it. Driven by the desire to create change, Kristy founded Shesfreetobe, an organization aiming to help heavy industry organisations understand how to invest in better health, safety, and well-being of their female employees.

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Using Spatial Data Tools for Biodiversity Conservation

Learn how Sebastian Ojeda, participant in the course “Using spatial data for biodiversity,” will apply the knowledge gained in the course to contribute to spatial data research in Colombia.

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I have had the greatest experience with the Designing a Multidimensional Poverty Index course. It was highly relevant for my work at the office, more so now that we are about to engage in computing the first MPI for Lesotho. Enrolling in this course brought further clarity on what opportunities to explore in order to scale up efforts for nature-based sustainable development.

Knowledge sharing is key to accelerated implementation of conservation mechanisms. Supporting Indigenous communities and integrating traditional knowledge with Western science is central to success. The course “Nature-based solutions for sustainable development” will enhance my ability to communicate our climate program and specifically natural climate solutions to potential funders as we enter the next phase of our project.

The “Communicating the value of biodiversity” course has reinvigorated my enthusiasm and helped channel the future direction of upcoming threatened species work programmes. This course will help strengthen, expand, and further develop the collaborative relationships between our partners, sponsors, advisors, NGOs, service providers, technical specialists, and the local community for the benefit of indigenous biodiversity, future health, and wellbeing.

The “Using spatial data for biodiversity” course is totally focused on the application of a number of free and accessible tools that are currently available to people. There is nothing better than adding value by taking advantage of the remote sensing technology and applying it to key issues for our development and future as human beings.

Lerato Makana

Chief Statistician of the Bureau of Statistics, Lesotho

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Jacqueline Demchuk

Associate Director of Philanthropy of Nature United, Canada

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Rachel Hufton

Aspiring Biodiversity Trust (ABT) Project Coordinator, New Zealand

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Sebastian Ojeda

Map Data Technician at Outdooractive, Colombia

Read the impact story here.